Reeves – Organ – Mant Family Network

There was also a Reeves family in the Northern Illawarra Woonona Bulli area. We have been trying to determine any of their connections with families who lived in Sherbrooke/Bulli Mountain, and also how they might be connected to the Henry Reeve & Margaret Morgan family of Sherbrooke, who originated from Stowe cum Cuy in Cambridgeshire England.

Reeves – Organ – Mant Family  – believed to be as follows –

Thomas Reeves (1830 Ludgershall, Wiltshire England -1898 Albury NSW Australia) married in  1851 in Wiltshire England to  Charlotte Lever  (1827-1915) .

Ludgershall Wiltshire England

The Reeves family from Ludgershall, Wiltshire, England, arrived on the East Indiaman sailing ship  Java” in 1853 – click here for image & story of the “Java”.

IMAUS1787_081406-0648 Thomas Reeves Java 1853.jpg


NB. Their arrival  was a little earlier than Sherbrooke pioneers, Henry Reeve and his wife Margaret Morgan,  who arrived in 1857 on the “Alfred”.

By 1867, Thomas and Charlotte Reeves were living in Goulburn.

  • Henry Reeves  (1854 Camden -1909 Newtown)  was married in  1878 in Goulburn  to  Louisa Ann George  (1861 Queanbeyan -1938 Paddington NSW Australia).
    • Lau(w)rence “Henry” Reeves (b. 1879 Goulburn – 1959 Wollongong) married in  1907 at Wollongong to Amelia E Organ (b. 1884 Sydney  – 1980 Wollongong), a daughter of Elias Organ  (b. 1854 Wollongong –  d. 1931 Wollongong)  and wife Ellen Graham (b.1859 Maitland – d. 1940 Marrickville). Lawrence and Amelia lived Thirroul, Bellambi, Towradgi, Primbee and both are buried at Bulli General Cemetery). Note – Elias Organwas a son of Illawarra pioneer Henry  Organ and wife Sarah Hurt
      • Mary Ann A Reeves (b. 1908 Wollongong – ) married in 1928 in Corrimal  to Alexander Sangster (b. 1902 Woonona – d. 1976 NSW)
        • Their daughter Dawn Marie Sangster married Maurice James Chapman, a son of Edward Theodore and Sylvia Elizabeth Chapman (see below).

  • James Chapman  (b. 1873 – d. 1948 Casino ) married to  Maude Ethel Peterson (1878 – 1938)
    • Edward Theodore Chapman (b.1899 Chippendale – d. 1945 West Maitland), a carpenter,  son of James & Maud Ethel Chapman,  married in  1922 in Canterbury to Sylvia Elizabeth Mant (see below). Sylvia was a daughter of  Bulli pioneers, English born Henry Mant & Edith Millington. (There was a divorce sought  by Sylvia about 1934, and later Sylvia remarried to Hans Notman).
      •  Maurice James Chapman married Dawn Marie Sangster, daughter of Mary Ann A and Alexander Sangster (see above).
      • Daughter Chapman
        • Daughter

  • Henry Mant & Edith Millington
    • Henry Frederick  J Mant Jnr (b. 1897 Wick Sussex England – d. 1946 NSW Australia) married Jessie Curtis in England in 1919 after WW1. He served with the 1st Pioneer Battalion – Wollongong Remembers
      • Curtis Mant
      • Edward Charles Mant
        • Fred Mant
        • Gregory Charles Mant (b. 1949 – d. 1951)
      • Raymond Mant
      • Betty Edith Mant married in 1945 to Bernard Thomas Whalan
    • Edith Mant (b. 1898 Wick Sussex England – d. ) married Alfred Narbeth
      • Jean Sylvia Narbeth
      • Cecil Eric Narbeth
      • Bessie May Narbeth
    • Charles W R Mant (b. 1900 Wick Sussex England – d. 1965 Wollongong) married Ethel Tressider.
      • Edith P Mant
    • Sylvia Elizabeth Mant (b. 1905 England – d. 1985 Fairy Meadow) married in  1922 in Canterbury to Edward Theodore Chapman (b.1899 Chippendale – d. 1945 West Maitland) see above. Edward was a carpenter and son of James & Maud Ethel Chapman,  
      • Maurice James Chapman married Dawn Marie Sangster, daughter of Mary Ann A and Alexander Sangster (see above).
      • Daughter Chapman
        • Daughter

Although we have not yet connected the Reeves family to families who lived in Sherbrooke, there was a Bulli Pass link via the Mant family. Clearly the Mant’s in their extended family network, had Bulli Mountain connections, as they ran coaches up Bulli Pass, – from their premises on the Main Road Bulli near to the Family Hotel (now Heritage Hotel). Initially operating horse drawn transport, they moved to motorised coaches later on – their descendants tell of Henry Mant’s daughter Sylvia driving coaches up the Pass.

Obituary for Henry Mant – South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus 1.9.1947

A pioneer of the Austinmer- Wollongong bus service died at Woonona on Thursday of last week. He was Mr. Henry Mant of Princes Highway, Bulli, whose 
death occurred at his daughter’s residence in Russell Street.
Since his arrival in Australia from England some 40 years ago, Mr. Mant had been associated with the carrying business and was a motor bus proprietor in Bulli and
Wollongong for many years. Mr. Mant, who was 71 years of age, was well known throughout the South Coast District. His death followed a serious illness of some months.
He had three trips to England and stayed there for about nine months on each occasion. He made the trips in 1921, 1928 and 1936. During the 1914-18 War, Mr. Mant was in the Police Reserve. He was a Justice of the Peace, and described as good hearted, generous and honest by those who knew him.
Mr. Mant is survived by a son Charles, two daughters, May (Mrs. Narbeth), and Sylvia (Mrs. Notman).
Last Friday his remains were interred in the General Cemetery, Bulli.
Following his father’s 1947 death, Charles placed Henry’s Bulli property on the market in 1948 – Illawarra Mercury 8.4.1948 :
Mant Family Bulli property for sale
Mant Links
  • South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus via Trove
  • Illawarra Mercury via Trove


Photos below are of the Mant Family from the Black Diamond Districts Heritage Centre collection.

BDHC Mants Mail Coach at Bulli Family Hotel 1910BDHC Mant FamilyBDHC Mant Livery stable 1890BDHC Mant Livery stable 1894


We are still trying to find any connections between the Northern Illawarra Reeve and Reeves families. Any assistance in identifying the connection or pointing out any errors would be appreciated – in order to add to our knowledge of the Sherbrooke – Bulli Mountain families as part of our One Place Study.




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